The Complications of Burn Injuries

Burns are some of the most common types of injuries. If you have had a mild sunburn or a reaction to a strong chemical like bleach, or if you have touched a hot pan while cooking, you have likely sustained a first-degree burn before. But just because something is common does not mean it is…

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Good vs. Uber – a $63 Million Question

Uber and Lyft have millions of users across the country. Whether you are looking for a safe ride home after having a few drinks with friends, need a lift to a doctor’s appointment, or simply want some dinner but do not feel like cooking, rideshare companies have you covered. This means there are also many,…

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Report: Large Trucks Overrepresented in Fatal Work Zone Crashes

A recent report from the Institute for Safer Trucking (IST) analyzed a wide variety of statistics from across the country regarding fatal large truck crashes. Using data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), IST’s goal is to identify and reduce sources of big truck accidents and deaths.…

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Federal Program Now Allows Teen Truckers to Cross State Lines

The federal government is moving forward with a plan that allows truckers under the age of 21 to drive big rigs back and forth across state lines. Previously, truck drivers must be age 21 and up to cross state lines, but this new legislation implements an apprenticeship program that allows drivers ages 18 to 20…

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Phelan Petty Secures $3 Million Jury Verdict for Fetal Death

Phelan Petty partners Jonathan M. Petty and Brielle M. Hunt were recognized by Virginia Lawyers Media for securing one of the top verdicts in Virginia for 2021. Their $3 million jury verdict in a fetal death case in Henrico County was listed as #3 for the year. This verdict was the first plaintiff’s verdict in…

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Space Heaters Can Start Home Fires

As the weather grows cooler each year, people across the country turn to portable heaters to help warm their homes, and as they do, some space heaters start home fires causing deaths, injuries, and loss of property. Virginia consumers might imagine risk of space heater fires is linked to colder, northern climates, but when the…

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DeWalt Wireless Earphones Recalled for Burn, Fire, and Explosion Hazards

Do you listen to music during your morning workout, take calls, or participate in online conferences using wireless ear buds, earphones, or headphones, or use them to cancel loud noises? If so, you benefit from lithium-ion battery technology powering your wireless device. The recent notice of importer E-filliate’s recall of earphones marketed under the well-known…

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Are In-Vehicle Technologies Driving Distractions?

Driver-assist technologies like automatic braking, back up cameras, and lane or blind spot warning systems seek to limit human driving errors to increase road safety. These technologies hold great promise for reducing car and other vehicle accidents and protecting road users from serious injury and death. But what if some new technologies installed in cars…

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Truck Accidents Are Deadlier for Occupants of Passenger Vehicles

Long haul trucks deliver most of the goods consumers purchase and find in stores. America’s reliance on these trucks means that passenger vehicles share the roads each day with numerous tractor-trailers. While these heavy trucks are critical to commerce and maintaining the supply chain, their enormous size and weight pose an ongoing, potentially fatal danger…

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